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First Farsi Holocaust text connects Iranians to Jewish history

November 1, 2012 by

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On October 14, I was privileged to be a student delegate at 30 Years After’s 3rd Biennial Conference. 30 Years After is the civic and political voice of America’s Iranian Jews, the first and only organization of its kind. The group seeks to educate, inspire, and mobilize the Iranian Jewish community through civic action conferences, […]

Yiddishkayt’s Helix Project: a modern adventure into the forgotten Yiddish past

October 16, 2012 by

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Cobblestone paths and narrowly winding streets. Freshly painted yellow buildings and crumbling courtyards boarded up in disrepair. Vilnius, summer 2012, or as the Yiddish speaking Jewish population called it prior to World War II, Vilna, the Jerusalem of Lithuania. Ten people walked together, running their hands along forgotten walls and snapping close-up pictures of white […]

‘Outfitters’ of outrage: Urban Outfitters sells ‘Holocaust t-shirt’ and offends

September 13, 2012 by

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Popular retailer Urban Outfitters is known for catering to the so-called ‘hipster’ culture, and it does so by incorporating influences from past decades into their vintage, bohemian, and retro clothing lines. According to the company’s website, Urban Outfitters’ “established ability to…connect with [customers] on an emotional level is the reason for [its] success.” One particular […]

The Olive Tree Initiative’s ‘Month of Ideas’: conflict education through humor, food, and constant debate

September 13, 2012 by

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Throughout the month of May, the Olive Tree Initiative at UCLA planned a series of events aimed at educating the campus community and offering a forum for civil discourse and debate about international conflict resolution. These events attracted students of various backgrounds, as well as non-student community members. For many of the attendees, discussing controversial, […]

Answering the call: Jerusalem Online U as a supplementary education for college students and beyond

September 13, 2012 by

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The Problem: anti-Semitism on American university campuses In order to make life a little simpler and to make sense of a chaotic world, humans subconsciously overlook pressing problems, preventing themselves from seeing the harsh reality in front of them and focusing on a delusional form of safety instead. We can no longer ignore the growing […]

Reading Yeshayahu Leibowitz: a Jewish philosophy for the twenty-first century

September 13, 2012 by

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Questions about Judaism’s place within Israeli society have been around since before the existence of the Jewish state, but there have been few coherent answers put forward. One of the most outspoken voices on this issue, as well as others relating to Jewish identity in the State-of-Israel era, was the scientist, teacher, and philosopher Yeshayahu […]

Sikhs, Semites, and the Ignorance Problem

August 7, 2012 by

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VIDEO: Fox Host Asks About Anti-Semitism At Sikh Temple Following the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett asked a nephew of one of the victims, “Have there been any prior acts of violence against members of the temple? Any anti-Semitic acts?” Was this a side-effect of Fox News’ habitual […]